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Shield, The - TV Shows
A truly bold and gritty series with interesting and realistic characters in a slowly unfolding drama of street dangers. It shows the challenges of police work and temptation of corruption without being a mindless action-flick or usual network cop drama. It exposed police corruption unashamed, showing that it is most often done for good reasons; 1) to catch the bad guy you can't get to, 2) protect the people doing the dangerous work, 3)correct accidents or mistakes that would hurt good people, etc. There's always the bad reason too; greed. The good people involved in the bad (Lem) are torn up and eventually destroyed by true evil doing the work. The truly evil (Shane) revel in their sneaky power until it consumes them. On the other hand, the mostly bad (Vic) struggle being torn by being both at once, just as the half bad (Ronnie) get left in the dust in the end because they weren't dark enough to survive under the circumstances. The show's creator stated that the evil Vic created in Shane was a monster that had to come back and bite its master. At least by the end, no one walked away unscathed in some way (even Vic lost his kids and wife and career despite avoiding death or prsion). Every aspect of police work was addressed, and no stone left unturned in exposing the fraternity of bad boys, self righteous do-gooders, budding politicians, and generally honest street cops mixed in with the baddies they trick, manipulate and torture "in the name of justice". Too bold for networks, and too unedited for most viewers, so it's likes may never be seen again. Shadows of it try to live on in the new series Justified, and in Sons of Anarchy. -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 23, 2010, 3:31 pm

Shield, The - TV Shows
What a truly unique police drama that tackles the big problem and makes you root for the (BAD)-Good guys to continue to get away with doing their bad...I mean, um, good and useful work. It shows how some police corruption is done for good reasons (to put away guys you can't get to playing by the book, or to correct accidents and mistakes that harmed good people, or just avoid bad consequences for people doing a risky job in a rough world). But once the characters fall down that hole of writing their own rules and doing whatever they please, they can't get out. Truly good characters (like Lem) can't handle the effects of their evil and get stamped out by the truly bad. The truly bad (Shane) eventually are caught-up with, but the half good (Vic) are torn between both sides flopping back forth just trying to -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 23, 2010, 3:16 pm

South Park - TV Shows
The opposite of boning, it gets better the longer it goes(depsite some stinker episodes in any season). The original seasons are childish and boring potty-humor, and some current ones are hilarious satire of current events, TV/movies, politics, celebrity stupidity and every topic that makes American culture so unique. Okay, they still do some cheap shock-humor stuff that can spoil a good satire episode, but whatever they make fun of (Dog whisperer, World of Warcraft, paparrazi harrassing Brittney Spears, etc) still carries the show. South Park's main problem is that the episodes only work when current, and the joke is lost even a few years later (i.e. the class mascot election episode was really about Bush v. Gore; the fact that the nation had to choose between "turd sandwhich" and "giant douche") and just isn't that funny years later. Still, South Park is a thermometer that reads the temperature of pop culture stupidity, may it live for another 10 seasons to make fun of the stupidity in our lives. -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 23, 2010, 3:07 pm

Tour of Duty - TV Shows
A classic example of network interference with good show writing. Season 1 tried to be drama of the soldier's troubles dealing with the war and a Platoon-for-TV take on the bad stuff Americans did in the war while trying to do right or just follow orders, and the old "War turns good men into dogs" problem. However, then the China Beach romance drama Vietnam show came onto the scene and Season two tried to add love interest and drama into the show to fight China Beach. As if the viewers of a serious war drama for men were the same as the romance-drama viewers of China Beach just because both shows took place during Vietnam war. The network diddled with the show to keep the wives from fighting the husband's show. But then that was not enough and the networks decided that these real-to-life characters should be super soldiers instead. This squad of usual guys drugs into the war were relabelled as Special Forces and sent on missions (without a long period of special training for such tasks). The next thing the viewers knew, their drama of the everyday soldier turned into an not-credible action show and lost the human connection that made it great TV. The Network boned this fish trying to appeal to a wider audience, and by pandering to Rambo, they lost touch with what made it a great show in the first place. -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 23, 2010, 2:55 pm

Alias - TV Shows
Like Heroes, this is a series that came on very strong and then faltered. Each season was worse than the one before, with ever stranger development of the espionage universe. While the Rimbaldi artifact plots during the seasons weren't all bad, what it led up to was just odd (and probably not what the original plan was - but a rewrite when writers and creators left the series). What is worse is that they started relying on the old "we kill a character now, but oh no, they're alive later" technique of bad story writing. Everyone interesting is killed and brought back to life in one way or another at least once (and if you follow backstory, maybe twice). More bad writing crept in like changing bad characters into good then bad then good, etc. Writing like that just betrays the audience, and I am sad to say that it was overdue for cancellation by the end. -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 23, 2010, 2:44 pm

Space:Above and Beyond - TV Shows
Another great Sci-fi show cancelled by the networks long before its time. The characters were interesting and the effects good, and the universe was showing some depth and complex history. While they killed off some good characters in the finale, this series was good about being true to a wartime drama - you can't have soldiers in a desperate war and keep the whole squadron alive all the time. It was a little odd when you think about it that the human armed forces liked using their fighter pilots to be space marines now and then, but the on-planet action was where a lot fo the better plot developments occured (and this problem is not unique to the series - see Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, etc.). The show was popular with everyone I knew, so it was too bad there was not at least a season 2. -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 23, 2010, 2:39 pm

Babylon 5 - TV Shows
One of the great things about the series is that it made interracial (space alien to human) personal-cultural-professional-government politics play out in detail while being interesting to watch. That is aside from being a groundbreaking science fiction series with (at the time) stunning computer graphic effects that helped pioneer their use in film and television. The basic plot lines of every character and culture were planned in advance years before production by the head writer/creator, and it showed throughout production without retroactive rewriting of the show in later seasons to fix inconsistencies ("ret-conning"). Not as "preachy" as Star Trek with it's morality, but still had a lot to say about natural tendencies of people and governments and the nature of good versus evil. Some of the acting (especially early on, I felt) was not that great. However, the depth and detail of the universe made it interesting despite some weak performances and budget costumes on occasion. Who would have thought that a politcal and personal debate between various aliens and human cultures in between space wars would be interesting television? -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 23, 2010, 2:34 pm

Unit, The - TV Shows
What started out as a good military drama with espionage angles and good writing deserved cancellation mid way through the third season. So now the wives are forceably relocated secret agents and the army essentially forces infants and young kids to live apart from their mother so they can use her in a domestic sting? Did the army draft the wives and give them a crash course in espionage so that they could hang out with their husbands more? It was odd enough that the Unit adopted the "Red Cap" lady character in (as if the elite Delta Force unit would just take in regular army soldiers as operators because they were fond of them after helping in a mission). Then it really got silly; Jonas is tasked to steal the spear that stabbed Jesus from some monks and has to return it for karma so Mack can come back to life? (What does that plot-line have to do with espionage military drama - this isn't a magic artifact type of show). Some one in production de-boned the fish, half the meat and then tried to repackage it as rotten boneless chicken. -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 23, 2010, 12:12 am

Battlestar Galactica 2004 - TV Shows
I wonder which of the writers thought it was a good idea to keep changing main characters into cylon double agents? It became a joke "Gee I wonder who is a Cylon this week...". It was dull enough during the New Caprica occupation section, but then just got silly. A couple of agents are okay, but soon the list is Tigh, Tyrol, Sharon, Starbuck's husband, Ellen (tigh's wife), aside from the other six. For that matter (I am a few episodes from seeing the end as I write this) they're are leaning Starbauck towards being a Cylon (corpse in crashed ship on planet, so I guess she really did die in her ship's explosion many episodes earlier and the one that returned is the next version of her). Either way, the fish was boned when everyone seemed to be a cylon and I hear the ending is controversial so I wonder if the last episodes are worth it... -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 23, 2010, 12:03 am

Heroes - TV Shows
The first season was a stunning well-written thrill ride with lots of room for development, but it fell victim to the writer's strike and cut the second season hastily in the middle with a rushed ending to wrap up some season 1 prophecies. From then on it was never on track, everyone time travelled back and forth and characters coming from the future into the past were completely different (evil Cheerleader & Sylar's a nice guy with a kid, etc.). It fell apart trying to be so clever that it became a random tangle of time-travelling alternate realities and dying villains and heroes who are still in the show (who cares how, come up with an excuse to write them back in). It pained me, but we stopped watching somewhere in third season and didn't look back. -- Submitted By: (Evan227) on March 22, 2010, 11:54 pm

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